• Foraging Chaga

    Last week I went foraging for chaga with my friends Cameron and Janie, in a a forest on the property of a friend of theirs in southwest Virginia. Birch trees tend to grow well here in the higher elevations, and Chaga is most commonly found on birch. Chaga is a...


  • Slaughter Day + 1: Part 3, Butchering Pigs

    Where we left off in my previous post on processing pigs, the pigs had been eviscerated and split and were hanging to cool overnight. This post will describe the process of butchering a pig: taking it from a side or half down to what we know of as retail cuts,...


  • Slaughter Day: Part 2, Eviscerating and Splitting Pigs

    In the my previous post, the first in this series, I sought to provide a detailed description of the process for humanely slaughtering, scalding, and scraping a hog. In the current post, I will endeavor to describe the next steps involved in processing pigs, covering evisceration and splitting the carcass,...


  • Slaughter Day: Part 1, Slaughtering and Scalding Pigs

    A month ago, Tasha and I and several friends spent a long weekend immersed in what has come to be for us an annual event - slaughering our pigs. It’s never a day we look forward to especially, but when the days grow short and the overnight temperatures dip into...


  • At Rest, At Last

    Happy New Year, everyone, and may 2018 be your best year yet! The second day of the new year finds Tasha and me taking it easy after what seems like a non-stop three weeks. Around the middle of December, we began preparing for our pig slaughter and all that entails...